is a typical dessert of the parish of Valadares
, Vila Nova de Gaia
Velhotes were baked for the first time in the decade of 80 of the XIX century by Maria Francisca da Silva - "A Braguesa" (a lady, who came from Braga
) and soon became popular. Only a few of velhotes' history is known, but the legend says that when king Carlos I
and Queen Amélie d'Orleans
came to Porto, they ate velhotes.
Velhotes are a kind of sweet bread with sugar and cinnamon and are typically served on Saturdays and by the time of Sr. dos Aflitos
, Valadares' most important religious feast.
The original recipe
The original recipe included flour, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, lemon juice, yeast and saffron, but the way of baking this sweet bread has changed a lot since the XIX century.
Confraria dos Velhotes
There is a "confraria gastronómica" (gastronomic brotherhood) in Valadares (Confraria Gastronómica do Velhote) which intends to dignify and spread the existence of "Velhote" as a typical sweet.
Website of Confraria Gastronómica do Velhote (in Portuguese)
Tale about Velhotes' origins (in Portuguese)